Working part-time while studying can help pay for your living costs and it also looks great on your CV. And if you are hoping to stay in the UK after you graduate, work experience will help you get the all-important job offer you need.
The Tier 4 (General) visa for students will allow you to work part-time during term time and full-time during vacation periods. You can contact your chosen university to find out about their vacation periods. If you do not require a visa to study in the UK (e.g. European citizens), there are no restrictions on the number of hours you can work.
Part-time work & internships
London university degrees are recognised by companies around the world and the city’s universities have great links with multinational companies that no other city can offer.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has recently announced the launch of a new scheme which aims to link international postgraduate students to UK businesses looking to export their products or services overseas. The ‘Postgraduates for International Business’ scheme aims to help UK firms recruit students who will help them overcome language and cultural barriers and to break into overseas markets. The work might include making new international business contacts, advising on cultural etiquette and developing international facing websites.
There are thousands of part-time jobs in London which are advertised online and also through the careers service at your university. Internships are also offered by many companies, and can even form an official part of your degree.
Working in the UK after you graduate
For students who want to stay and work in the UK after graduating, the Tier 2 (General) visa is the primary visa route. It is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD from a recognised UK university. Before you apply you must have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed employer and be paid a salary of at least £20,300. For further options, please refer to our work visa guide.
Many companies value the language and cultural skills international graduates bring to their companies, and according to the Financial Times the number of jobs available to graduates in the UK will increase substantially in 2014. There are also more opportunities for first and second year undergraduate students to get paid internships, which often provide opportunities for full-time employment upon graduating.